VIDEO: 50 ways to write better songs - Progression obsession (TG240)

Five classic chord progressions

TG240 Songwriting Cover Feature

All you need is a handful of chords and you too can pen a timeless tune. The following progressions have been used countless times to do just that...

Download Total Guitar issue 240 for the accompanying explanation - available in the UK and, digitally, worldwide via Newsstand for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch and Zinio ( from 15 April 2013.

'I-IV-V' blues progression

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'I-VIm-IV-V' 50s progression

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'I-V-VIm-IV' pop-punk progression

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'IIm-V-I' jazz progression

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Cycle of 5ths progression

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Tutor: Chris Bird
Videographer: Martin Holmes

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